Want the best beach accessories for 2023? From popup cabanas to coolers with built in bluetooth speakers, this is the beach gear you’ll want for for the best vacation ever!
Originally published July 2018 and updated annually
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Best Beach Accessories
Want the best beach gear for 2023? You’ll need more than just a cool pair of sunglasses! We’ve done all the research and found the best of the best. Whether you want toys for the kids or a comfy chair to sit in, here are a few of the things you’ll find on our list:
Beach chairs and umbrellas
Towels & sand-free mats
Beach games & toys
You’ll even find fun extras like a portable wine flask, inflatable loungers, a beach kit for your dog and so much more! I started with just 25 but over the years I’ve found so many fun beach accessories to add that I just can’t stop.
I’ve even shared some of my favorites on Sarasota’s Suncoast View.
So if you’re looking for amazing beach gear for your next vacay, you’ll definitely want to check these out, starting with this one…
Beach Accessory Of The Month
Each month I’ll feature one of my favorite products, one that will make every beach trip easier, more fun or both! I’m super excited to try the Hammering Stake because it just may be a total game changer when it comes to beach umbrellas!
When the girls and I hit the beach without my hubby, I usually don’t even bother with the beach umbrella. I just don’t have the strength to get it deep enough in the sand. When I do make an attempt, I still worry that it won’t stay put, especially on windier days.
This anchor stand works with your umbrella to secure it in the sand without having to dig, twist or tie it down (basically without needing a lot of muscle power). You can check out their YouTube video to see how it works…it looks SO easy and I can’t wait to hit the beach and try it for myself!
There's nothing more annoying than a beach blanket covered in sand, which must be the reason why this sand mat is so popular! The patented technology lets the sand fall through but won't allow it to come back up. If that's not enough, it's water resistant too.
If you're like me and don't have the muscle power to get your beach umbrella deep in the sand, this may just be a game changer. It takes about 10 second to set up and secures your beach umbrella without digging or twisting. Of all the beach gear on the list, I'm most excited to try this one, just because the umbrella is always such a struggle for me!
Don’t want to pack a table but still want something to help keep all your stuff out the of sand? This umbrella table tray is compact and attaches right to your umbrella (which means your drinks will stay cool longer in the shade too).
Celebrate happy hour on the beach with this cool portable blender! Charge it at home then bring it to the beach to make crushed ice, frozen drinks and more. Is anyone else thinking pina coladas and margaritas? Don't forget the cute umbrellas!
Trying to figure out what to do with wet bathing suits is always an issue. The Quatrefoil Waterproof Bikini Bag is the perfect storage bag for those wet bikinis and keeps them separated from all the dry stuff. Plus, it's way cuter than a boring plastic bag!
It's no fun trying to keep one eye on your valuables while splashing around in the waves. This portable safe clips on to your chair or umbrella to keep phones, money, keys and other valuables safe. Quick tip: I got the pink one because I loved the color but if I got another, I'd go for the white because it blends in better with the sand, making it less noticable.
This Tommy Bahama beach cart is one of our most essential beach accessories. We cram a crazy amount of beach gear into this cart and also love the built in cooler for drinks and snacks. There’s a slot on the side that holds our beach umbrella and the large wheels make this cool beach wagon easy to push across the sand.
This cool beach accessory is actually a 5-in-1 beach chair! Just place beach gear on the chair, strap it in, then roll it on down to the water. It'll make beach days so much easier! Save 10% when you use the code FMMTEN
I love that this beach tote has a built in cooler as well as a waterproof cellphone case! Plus, it’s big enough that you can pack in a good amount of beach gear. The best part? The mesh lets you see inside, making it easier to find whatever you’re looking for.
This is a really cool idea (literally). Kids can wear the Viniper portable fan around their necks while they’re building sandcastles and searching for seashells! It’s light, adjustable and has three speed settings to keep everyone from overheating while they play in the sun.
This pop up tent is the perfect way to escape when the sun is beating down. Fill the sandbags in each corner when you get to the beach, then empty them when it’s time to leave. This tent is also UPF 50+ and waterproof, making it perfect for your day at the beach.
If you just want something small to keep the little ones out of the sun, this pop up sun shade for toddlers provides the perfect amount of sun protection. You can even add a little water to create a mini pool for them to play in.
I have to admit, I just like this one because it looks so cool! The Sun Ninja beach shelter is easy to set up and comes in 4, 6 or 8 person sizes. It also has it’s own carrying case. It's perfect for someone like me who can’t set up a beach umbrella to save her life!
This beach chair with canopy is perfect for when I want to keep my face shaded but still want to get a little sun on the rest of my body too. It even comes complete with a handy cellphone pouch and drink holder.
If you already have a chair but just want a little extra protection from the sun, this clip on umbrella is perfect. I love that I can just move it around as the sun shifts. It comes in different colors too so everyone can pick their favorite.
Umbrellas are definitely one of the more important beach accessories! They’re even better when they’re bright and colorful so you can easily spot them from the water. This colorful beach umbrella can be tilted to follow the sun as it moves and even comes with it’s own carrying case!
If your kids really love collecting minnow, they’ll have a blast with the Dry Branch Catch & Release Aquarium. The little ones can watch their minnows swim around, then toss them back into the ocean when it’s time to go home. NOTE: This item is super popular so is in and out of stock. You may have to check back from time to time if it's not available the first time you check.
These Surfer Dudes look so cool, we bought one for our last beach trip! My girls love how it stays upright in the waves and actually surfed. Even when ours did flip over, it righted itself and continued surfing! Choose from Costa Rica Rick, Sumatra Sam and even Aussie Alice.
Sometimes there’s just too much to carry, especially when you throw in all the beach toys! That’s why I love these collapsible buckets from Top Rack. They easy fit in your beach bag so you don’t have to deal with bulky pails anymore.
The Sand Castle Mold from Create A Castle makes building sand castles so much easier. It comes with five pieces and since the mold opens on the side as opposed to having to flip over a bucket, castles not only come out sturdier but they have more detail too. (Can be used in the snow too)
My girls loved these mermaid tails when they were younger! Perfect for the pool or the beach, they looked like little mermaids. I love this brand because it has the monofin, which makes the tail look even more realistic.
Originally seen on Shark Tank, Slyde Handboards were touted by Mark Cuban as the perfect surfer starter kit. These foam toys are portable, lightweight and great for all ages, Kids will have hours of fun using them to bodysurf in the waves!
Everybody loves cornhole but who really wants to lug an entire cornhole game to the beach. This portable cornhole game (with carrying case) makes things a whole lot easier! Not only does the “board” fold up but you fill the bags with sand when you get down to the beach, then empty them before you leave. Talk about traveling light!
There’s no place to plug in your phone at the beach so this solar phone charger uses the power of the sun…what more do you need. I think this might actually be one of the most important beach gadgets of all!
If you don’t want to go with a full safe, the Bindle Bottle is the perfect alternative. Store your valuables in it and nobody will ever know that it’s anything more than an ordinary water bottle. Plus, it’s not just a water bottle in disguise…you can actually fill it with water or any other drink you’d like!
One of our biggest beach must haves is a waterproof bluetooth speaker. We can’t possibly lounge on the beach without some Jimmy Buffet playing in the background! I’m loving this rose gold one but there are lots of other colors to choose from too.
When it comes to beach accessories, a heavy duty cooler is at the top of the list. This colorful beach cooler packs more punch than your usual cooler because it works with your phone to double as bluetooth speakers. Throw in some cold drinks and crank up the Jimmy Buffet for the perfect beach day!
Okay, they don’t actually call this cooler bag a beer briefcase but that’s sure what it looks like to me! It’ll hold three bottles of wine, six bottles of beer or 10 cans of beer. I guess you can use it for soda and water too!
Is there anything better than sunset at the beach? YES…sunset at the beach with a glass of wine in your hand! If you’re a wine lover like me, you’ll want to bring along this portable wine flask. Fill it with a little wine, throw it in the cooler and you’re good to go!
Okay, I’m not condoning sneakiness (or maybe I am) but you have to admit that this idea is pretty creative! This hidden alcohol flask from Jokel may look like sunscreen but only you will know what’s really inside.
When you open a beer, juice or other beverage, then want to go splash around in the ocean, these Vitrix Silicone Bottle Caps come in pretty handy. Just pop this on, go have some fun and your drink will be just the way you left it.
Now these shatterbroof wine glasses are just what you need to drink your favorite beverages while watching the sunset. Pop one end in the sand and you’ve got yourself the perfect glass for the beach! Plus, they even float, though that feature might be better tested in the pool than in the ocean!
The beach can get a little chilly at night but building a fire pit can be a lot of work! That’s why this Popup Fire Pit from Fireside Outdoor is so perfect. It can be set up in 60 seconds, then collapses for easy transport when you’re done.
Finally, we can’t forget about our furry friends! If you’re bringing your dog to the beach, this dog travel bag is perfect for holding food, water, toys, a leash and anything else man’s best friend might need.